ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Two Albuquerque teenagers have been arrested for allegedly beating an 11-month-old boy so badly he is paralyzed, brain damaged and may die.
One of the teens is the baby's mother.
Albuquerque police began investigating the incident on April 4 after getting a call to a home in northwest Albuquerque about an unresponsive baby.
Officers say as soon as they arrived it was clear this child had been severely beaten.
Doctors say the baby was covered in strange bruises from head to toe, was limp and unresponsive. They later determined the baby also had a broken arm, skull fracture, broken ribs and would suffer paralysis on the left side of his body if he were to survive.
According to court documents, the baby's mother, Hanna Smith, 18, told investigators she had no idea how the baby was injured and "just woke up like that."
Police later learned Smith's boyfriend, Leroy Garcia, 17, had spent the night at the house and alleged he had been smoking Spice. Both deny hurting the child, but police say Smith later told them Garcia must have done it.
Police say it's by far one of the worst cases of child abuse they've seen.
"The primary detective was particularly upset by this case and disturbed," said Officer Tasia Martinez, a spokesperson for the Albuquerque Police Department. "She said this is one of worse cases that she's dealt with, and the injuries were those which she had never seen before."
Both Garcia and Smith charged with child abuse resulting in great bodily harm or death.
According to court documents, Smith admitted to still spending time with Garcia and having sex with him after her son was injured.
Despite Smith's claims that she didn't hear or see the abuse, doctors told police there is no way anyone in the house would have not heard what was going on the injuries were so severe.
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